With Rated R now in stores, fans will most likely be trying to decipher which songs are about Rihanna's relationship with Chris Brown. While there are tracks about her ex-boyfriend, Rihanna wanted to make sure fans knew that she's more than just that one relationship.
"Today, I am strong, very fearless, brave," Rihanna told MTV News. "I love taking risks. I'm not afraid of the unknown."
The album, which had Rihanna hitting the studio with collaborators like Justin Timberlake, Tricky Stewart and Ne-Yo, was one of those risks. It deviates from her club-banging pop songs to a harder-edge hip-hop/pop sound.
"This album is an expression of all those feelings that I went through in the last eight months, just different emotions," she said of the aftermath of Brown's assault. "All of it isn't angry, all of it isn't dark and sad, 'cause I didn't go through that the whole time. That was part of it. It was really a roller coaster, and you get that when you're listening to the album."
As for the songs that touch on her tumultuous relationship with Brown, listeners will get an intimate look into her world. "The feelings that I went through and exactly what was going through my mind and how I felt," she said of what she addresses on the album. "I really vented on this album, and as I said before, all of it isn't about that specific relationship or what I went through, 'cause that's not who I am. That's not all of who I am."